Multiple mountain ranges. Soaring eagles. Lavish hospitality. This knot of mountains at the heart of the Silk Road is an adventurer’s paradise.
Alexander the Great and Marco Polo crossed Tajikistan’s mountains. As did Chinese silk, Buddhism, gunpowder, tea, the ‘heavenly horses’ and Badakhshan rubies as they flowed West.
Nowadays, the Pamir Highway is one of the world’s greatest road trips. And those that come here soon fall in love with the country’s people and landscapes.
Things to do in Tajikistan
Stay in a homestay. Tajik hospitality is to be experienced to be believed, and you’ll find yourself welcomed into homes like family. The first time we went to Tajikistan, we couldn’t get over the open smiles of the Tajik people.
Experience jaw-dropping wilderness. In our crowded world, Tajikistan offers a rare opportunity to truly get away from it all. Stand on wind-blown mountaintops, walk through empty valleys and experience the healing power of proper wilderness.
Spot a snow leopard. Several hundred of these big cats roam the High Pamir ranges. On our Snow Leopards of Central Asia tour, you have the chance to meet the local conservationists fighting to save them. If you’re very lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of one yourself.
The best time to visit Tajikistan
Temperatures in Tajikistan vary dramatically, depending on altitude and the season. In the capital, Dushanbe, the mercury fluctuates from -2 degrees in January to nearly 40 degrees in July. The best time to visit Tajikistan is from early May to late September.
Embark on a Silk Road tour
Tajikistan is among the least explored, yet most rewarding, countries along the Silk Road. The few who make it here often have its welcoming homestays, Silk Road fortresses and dirt roads to themselves. With us, you’ll really get to know the people that call this land home – from the mountain-dwelling Pamiris to those at the forefront of Dushanbe’s opera scene.
Marley and Antonia – our directors – lived here in 2017 and have spent more time here than any other country outside the UK. We can show you the way through Tajikistan’s mountain passes and introduce you to the country’s biggest personalities along the way. Get in touch to find out more.
- 14 Days
An epic two-week motorcycle ride though the mountains of Tajikistan. Incredible scenery and life-affirming cultural experiences. Proper bucket-list stuff. Experienced off-road riders only.
- 26 days
Follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, Amir Timur and more as you track the course of the mighty Amu Darya river from the Aral Sea to the High Pamirs.